The challenge of designing pleasurable products, interfaces, systems and services is considered as a significant subject for industrial companies for increasing their markets and fulfilling user requirements. Mass production, with the reduction of design and manufacture lead-times and costs, implies products standardization. To balance this standardization, the needs for increasing the qualitative values and assets (symbolic expectations) of the developed product should be reinforced.
Designing pleasurable and intelligent products for large market and customized needs should definitively be the target of designers: the feelings aroused by the appearance of products, by their functions and by the interactions induced by the products’ use are the linchpin of their success but are difficult to predict. Research works on designing pleasurable products and interfaces focus on innovative and creative approaches to design for emotion and pleasure, and promote the design research which emphases on technology application and integration.
In this special issue, it is intended to gather papers with specific creative approaches regarding human needs exploration for designing intelligent products and systems. Contributions may be based on both theoretical and practical approaches to facilitate the emergence of new interactions between human, world and systems.
Papers that address, but are not limited, to the following topics related to industrial design and product innovation are welcome:
- Intelligent products
- Pleasurable products
- Interaction of users with products
- IT enabled products
- High-tech products
- Embedded intelligence in products
- Technology Integration in products and systems
- Interactive products
- User and emotion-based design
- Design experiences and methods
Full papers due for review: 1 February, 2011
Notification of acceptance to authors: 1 May, 2011
Revised manuscript submission: 1 July, 2011
Final decision: 1 September, 2011
Final manuscripts: 1 October, 2011